Thursday, November 20, 2008

Patience (thanks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance" (Romans 8:25).

First off, let me thank NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for giving me the idea for this blog post.

Like Kareem explains to Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers, sometimes we have to persevere. It takes some patience. It may even take longer than a week.

You see, we're all waiting on something in life, aren't we? We're waiting for the economy to get better. We're waiting for the Texans to win a road game. We're waiting for our business to take off. We're waiting, like Andrew Bynum, for the right opportunities. We're waiting for our Princess. We're waiting for John to post something new on his blog.

And we're all waiting on God. Rest!

Everyone waits. The Apostle Paul and Kareem seem to have it figured out -- we've got to have some patience along with our perseverance. We've got to work through it when it seems like nothing is happening.

Just remember, we're cooking chili. And chili apparently takes a long time to cook. But chili tastes good when it's finished. I like chili.

It's been said, God is often working in our life the most when we see it the least. Knowing that, maybe you feel like he must be working overtime right now.

You might say, "But you've got to do something, John. You can't just sit there. You went a couple weeks without posting anything online."

Waiting is doing something, my friend. There are times in life, and situations in life, in which the best thing to do is wait patiently (Lamentations 3:26). After you've done all to stand, you've gotta just keep standing.

The good thing is, there are also some things in life we don't have to pray about. I don't have to pray about whether to breathe or not. I don't have to pray about going to the bathroom. And I don't have to pray about waiting. You know why? Read the scripture at the top of this post. I don't have to pray about scriptures in the Bible. I like that.

I wonder if you are struggling with something today you feel isn't happening fast enough? Let's be patient and let God do what he wants to do in our lives.

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